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FCC triggers firestorm with 'net neutrality' proposal

December 1, 2010 The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission announced Wednesday he has scheduled a December 21 vote on a new regulatory initiative designed to preserve the openness that has been the Internet's hallmark since its inception. The proposal has already split the agency along party lines, with the commission's two GOP...

House Dems urge FCC to reject Google-Verizon deal

August 16, 2010 Proclaiming that "the time for FCC action is now," four influential Democrats on the House Energy Energy and Commerce Committee urged Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski on Monday to take regulatory action to preserve the openness of the Internet. The request came in a letter from Reps. Ed Markey,...

Effort to craft FCC broadband regulation bill collapses

August 6, 2010 The push to write a narrowly focused telecommunications bill that could be fast-tracked through Congress this fall was dealt a major blow on Thursday when the Federal Communications Commission suspended its series of private talks with stakeholders and an influential Democratic senator conceded that without a consensus, advancing a near-term...

Hill opposition grows to FCC spectrum auction plan

July 22, 2010 First-responder groups lobbied lawmakers this week to allocate spectrum for a public safety network.Laurie Sisk/AP File A lobbying blitz by first responders and their allies has led to growing momentum in Congress for legislation aimed at preventing the Federal Communications Commission from selling commercial firms access to communications spectrum that...

Republicans plot campaign against FCC broadband regulation

May 11, 2010 Republican anger over Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski's proposal last week to subject broadband service to increased regulation has boiled over into legislative efforts to stall or block him. Rep. Cliff Stearns of Florida, the ranking Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Communications Subcommittee, plans to introduce a...

Coburn blocks floor action On bipartisan spectrum bill

April 21, 2010 Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., is blocking Senate legislation that seeks to implement a key spectrum-related recommendation in the FCC's national broadband plan, delivering the commission and its month-old technology blueprint the latest in a series of setbacks. The bill, sponsored by Senate Commerce Communications Subcommittee Chairman John Kerry, D-Mass., requires...

Broadband plan stirs praise, then criticism at the FCC

March 17, 2010 The FCC's honeymoon has ended with the release of its national broadband plan. During a meeting Tuesday that featured considerable praise from regulators for the sweeping technology blueprint and the 50-person team that crafted it, there were signs that deep fissures are emerging among commissioners. That reality was hammered home...

National broadband plan certain to stir competing interest groups

March 16, 2010 The FCC's massive national broadband plan appears designed to please a wide array of constituencies, but maintaining the support of competing interests will be challenging when the political daggers come out during the implementation phase, experts said Monday. The technology blueprint, which will serve as a roadmap for extending affordable...

FCC unveils 360-page national broadband plan

March 15, 2010 The FCC released it long-awaited national broadband plan Monday -- a 360-page document that agency officials dubbed a "call to action" for extending low-cost, high-speed Internet service to all Americans by 2020, CongressDaily reported. The technology blueprint, required by last year's economic stimulus package, outlines six long-term goals, including superfast...

FCC to create $4.6B broadband subsidy

March 5, 2010 The Federal Communications Commission will propose creating a $4.6 billion Connect America fund to support the deployment and adoption of high-speed Internet service in low-income and rural areas as part of a 10-year overhaul of an existing telecommunications subsidy program. The initiative would replace a similarly sized program contained within...